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John Shook is Director of Education and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Inquiry–Transnational in Amherst, N.Y., and Research Associate in Philosophy at the University at Buffalo, since 2006. He has authored and edited more than a dozen books, is a co-editor of three philosophy journals, and travels for lectures and debates across the United States and around the world.

A Confutation of both Sam Harris and Richard Carrier on Science and Morality

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September 5, 2013
A Confutation of both Sam Harris and Richard Carrier on Science and Morality

I won’t be submitting a 1,000 word “refutation” to
Harris’s challenge. My confutation of both Harris and Carrier takes less than
2,000 words.

Religion is the Opposite of Humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 31, 2013

Can humanism and religion sometimes agree on ethics? Sure, but not because religion got there first. 

Skepticism and Humanism - Allies?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 24, 2013

If you could go back in time to ask Bertrand Russell, what would he say?

‘Atheophobia’ Hysteria?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 30, 2013

Has the slandering of atheism, long heard from religion, been detected as lurking treachery within our own secular ranks?

Dawkins’ Tea Cup

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 24, 2013
Dawkins’ Tea Cup

On display at the Secular Hub in Colorado. 

You Aren’t Religious, But Who Are You?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 5, 2013

Just when you thought that categorizing types of nonreligious people was getting old….

Atheist Mythology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 19, 2013

What would anthropologists discover after studying this odd tribe?

Does the Internet Generation Have Its Own Priorities?

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May 25, 2013
Does the Internet Generation Have Its Own Priorities?

If you’re wondering what the Millennials could bring to any social movement, look at what they typically value.

Skepticism and Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 9, 2013

So the Skeptic “movement” really can’t comment on what religion is all about, it seems. 

Theology Just Won’t Understand Human Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 30, 2013
Theology Just Won’t Understand Human Morality

Frustrated theologians just can’t see how humanity can be moral all on its own.

The Rise of the Post-Christians

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2013

It is still said that America is a Christian nation. Really?

The Secular Agenda

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 25, 2013
The Secular Agenda

Today’s great debates over religious liberty and secular government.

Are Nonbelievers Perceived as Less Moral?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 12, 2013

Don’t assume that research has reached a conclusion yet.

Goodbye to an Evil Pope

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 28, 2013
Goodbye to an Evil Pope

We won’t miss the Pope who used moral relativism to justify moral depravity. 

What Did Science Owe to Christianity?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 16, 2013
What Did Science Owe to Christianity?

Yes, experimental science arose in Christian Europe. Does the hostage really owe the captor anything?

Is Faith in God Reasonable?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 4, 2013

An odd question, but is it really debatable?

Atheism and the Consolations of Philosophy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 16, 2013

Why would atheism have to console people as much as religion? 

New Year’s Resolutions - For Humanity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 1, 2013

The hopeful and helpful resolutions needed for our world are still here, always ready when needed.

A History of Disbelief

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 27, 2012

Jonathan Miller’s 2004 documentary is still the best survey of atheism’s history.

What Does Humanism Stand On?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 11, 2012

If humanism is more than a lifestyle choice or a subjective preference, where could it base its principles?

Richard Dawkins explains the Irrationality behind Miracles

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 5, 2012

An amusing talk by Dawkins that illustrates how seemingly amazing coincidences are just meaningless events.

Atheists, Nontheists, Agnostics, Faitheists, Apatheists, and now “Evatheists”

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November 13, 2012
Atheists, Nontheists, Agnostics, Faitheists, Apatheists, and now “Evatheists”

Just when you thought that the zoo for the nonreligious couldn’t get weirder…. 

 

Religious War has been declared by the Religious Right

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2012
Religious War has been declared by the Religious Right

Historians won’t overlook the late hours of this 2012 election when they estimate when a new religious war began in America.  

A Tribute to Paul Kurtz, Secular Philosopher

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 23, 2012

His organization of the secular movement won’t be soon forgotten. His organization of a positive philosophy to replace religion won’t be forgotten by the ages.

What the World Needs Most is Critical Inquiry

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 15, 2012
What the World Needs Most is Critical Inquiry

And the Center for Inquiry is always at the forefront of advancing reason!

How the West Was Civilized Despite Christianity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 3, 2012

Yes, there’s a clash of civilizations. Before pondering some East-West clash, understand the war for the West first. 

After Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 17, 2012
After Atheism

The question should not be “What follows from Atheism” but rather “What leads after Atheism”.

 

Religious Liberty - A Reality Check

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 9, 2012
Religious Liberty - A Reality Check

Let’s recall what “religious liberty” really means, before it is too late.

‘Violence Against Women Act’ stalled over Inhuman Politics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 29, 2012

While conventions fiddle around, human rights go unprotected.

Children Can’t Choose Their Religion, But Judges Can Do It For Them

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 6, 2012

There is no legal impartiality when a judge imposes a religious stance in court decisions.

Being an Agnostic Isn’t so Simple Anymore

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2012

Are there really two kinds of agnostics amongst us?

The Unbelief Generation - Millennials are the Secular Future

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 26, 2012

A series of striking polls illustrate how the Millennials are very comfortable with unbelief.

You Might Be An Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2012

It’s easier than ever to admit what you have been thinking all along.

Who is still going to Church?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 22, 2012
Who is still going to Church?

Church-goers are now a minority group in America.

Sam Harris’s New Plan for the War on Islam

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 2, 2012

Sam Harris wants to screen everyone who looks Muslim. The Center
for Inquiry and many other secular and civil rights organizations disagree.

I’m So Over God—but I’m No Atheist!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 17, 2012
I’m So Over God—but I’m No Atheist!

Atheism is just an optional state of mind - or is it?

Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 7, 2012
Don’t Bother Praying Before That Exam

Praying for help with tests is even more useless than supposed.

Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 17, 2012
Is there Nothing Wrong with Being Religious?

Every time an atheist praises religious things, an angel gets his wings.

Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 4, 2012
Christians Protesting at the Reason Rally

On March 24th in DC, the Reason Rally will have company from Faith rallyers.

Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 25, 2012
Where are all the Atheists? The NONES, the NONS, and the SHUNS

Even the best polls make it difficult to know how many people have left religion behind.

Religion and Xenophobia

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 12, 2012

It’s not the fault of atheists. Religious people are more distrusting of anyone too different.

How Unnatural Is Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 27, 2012

For a belief system about the unnatural, religion is trying to keep it pretty natural.

The Tebow Effect

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2012
The Tebow Effect

What effect is Tim Tebow having on the rest of us?

A New Year’s Resolution: Admit You are an Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 31, 2011

For so many people, it’s really about time.

Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Framing the Debate

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2011
Naturalism vs. Supernaturalism: Framing the Debate

Setting the initial framework of a debate is often the key to victory.

Who Trusts Gallup Polls about Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 2, 2011

Not the nontheist segment of the population, gone undercounted for decades.

Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 16, 2011
Proving God’s Existence is Impossible

Atheists and agnostics should stop saying “Well, there could be a proof that God exists, if….”

Secularism and Religion - Where’s the Fight?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2011

Let’s not permit militant religionists to distort or destroy the precious heritage of secularism.

 

Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 1, 2011
Secular Humanism Greets the Seven Billionth Person

Welcome, seven-billionth baby! What can secular humanism do for you?

Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz on Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 21, 2011
Harvard Prof. Alan Dershowitz on Secularism

Law Professor Alan Dershowitz gives a talk on “Secular Society and its
Enemies.”

Robert Bellah on Religion and Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 11, 2011

Robert Bellah discusses the origins of religion and ways of understanding the religious-secular conflict today.

What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 4, 2011
What is Secularism? Secularism is for everyone.

A handy guide to why we fight for secularism, for all the people.

The Humanist Case against Capital Punishment

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 24, 2011
The Humanist Case against Capital Punishment

Humanism stands for a social ethics of equality, individual human rights, justice for everyone, and government that defend their citizens. Therefore, humanism cannot support the death penalty.

 

Varieties of Domesticated Religions and Smart Secular Strategies

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 12, 2011
Varieties of Domesticated Religions and Smart Secular Strategies

Is there any such thing as “The Secular Strategy”? It’s doubtful that there’s one single tactic for advancing secularism, considering the realities of today’s religious pluralism.

 

Only Domesticated Religion Can Work With Democracy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 5, 2011

Religion in the wild is poisonous to democracy. Domesticated varieties claim they invented democracy. Only naturalism can really make democracy work.

 

God, No! It’s Penn Jillette’s New Book!

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 26, 2011
God, No! It’s Penn Jillette’s New Book!

God, yes! This is the kind of storytelling that atheists have been waiting for.

Celebrating Science

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2011
Celebrating Science

Religion’s accusation that science strips humanity of all significance
couldn’t be further from the truth. 

Problems with the Problem of Evil: Natural Evils

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 9, 2011

Christians have many ways to deal with that “problem of evil.” Blaming natural evils on Adam and Eve’s “Fall” is convenient, but ultimately unable to solve the problem of evil.

A Victory for Secularism in North Carolina

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 1, 2011

Forsyth County in North Carolina has been ordered to stop official Christian prayers.

Can the Bible Make People more Liberal?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 25, 2011
Can the Bible Make People more Liberal?

Are atheists blaming the Bible for making conservative and
hateful Christians just factually wrong about the Bible?

Faith and Its Defenders

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 18, 2011
Faith and Its Defenders

Critics of the New Atheism are mostly hypocrites, by relying on enlightenment reason and humanist ethics for their defenses of religious faith.

God and Evolution Don’t Mix

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2011
God and Evolution Don’t Mix

What would a God who uses Evolution really be like?

Ethics Is For Everyone

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 3, 2011

Humanism is no optional seasoning added to spice up life—ethical wisdom is for everyone.

Healthy Humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 28, 2011
Healthy Humanism

The all-natural, eco-friendly, and sustainable lifestance for everyone.

Faitheists are Nothing New

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 18, 2011

Not even the label of Faitheist is all that new.

Religious Fundamentalism means Authoritarianism and Prejudice

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 11, 2011

Yet another large study shows how rigidly religious people more likely to be people who are prejudiced, authoritarian, and militaristic. 

Religious People really are more Dogmatic and Conservative

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 1, 2011
Religious People really are more Dogmatic and Conservative
There are many advantages to having a flexible mind.

Not even God could make Me Religious

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 20, 2011
Not even God could make Me Religious
Are these truly End Times? I don't really care.

The World is Not Enough?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 12, 2011
The World is Not Enough?
Why isn't the world enough for some people?

Obama’s Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2011
A profound defense of separation of church and state.

God is the Greatest Abortionist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 27, 2011
God is the Greatest Abortionist
Christians chant "Choose Life," but God hates babies.

The Bible Does Not Exist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 20, 2011
The Bible Does Not Exist
Let's get skeptical about whether "The Bible" is even real.

The Disappearing God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2011
The Disappearing God
There is no God. And the signs are all around us.

Let’s be Clear about Spiritualism’s Fog

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2011
Let’s be Clear about Spiritualism’s Fog
Deepak Chopra's name gets thrown around a lot. But you gotta see how truly dangerous he is.

How to be an Accommodationist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 30, 2011
Of course we have to help accommodate religious believers to the naturalistic worldview.

Which Kinds of Secularism does Atheism Endorse?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 22, 2011
Which Kinds of Secularism does Atheism Endorse?
Not all secularisms are alike. Atheists should be clear about their secular hopes.

Christians Love Hell More Than Heaven

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2011
Christians Love Hell More Than Heaven
Let's look again at the Christian way to "objectively" find morality.

Religion is Not Really About Hope

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 3, 2011
Religion is Not Really About Hope
When believers say that God’s heaven is so loving and consoling, don’t believe them.

The Religion Delusion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 23, 2011
Is belief in God entirely delusional, or just a piece of foolishness?

The Dostoevsky Dilemma for Religious Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 15, 2011
The Dostoevsky Dilemma for Religious Ethics
The Euthyphro Dilemma traps religious ethics. The Dostoevsky Dilemma then goes for the kill.

The Totalitarian Ambition of the Religious Mind

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 9, 2011
There's a big difference between a religious mind and a scientific mind. But it may not be what you've supposed.

Dictators are All that Stand between Us and Anarchy

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2011
Dictators are All that Stand between Us and Anarchy
... according to His fanatical followers.

Carl Sagan on Astrology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 26, 2011
With astrology in the news recently, why not enjoy Carl Sagan's skeptical view?

How Not to Argue for Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 20, 2011
How Not to Argue for Atheism
Even atheists commonly get started the wrong way.

Is Science or Naturalism an Ideology?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2011
The label of "ideology" gets thrown at the wrong targets.

Religion and the Madness of Crowds

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 5, 2011
Religion and the Madness of Crowds
Religion claims common sense for its side, but there is only madness in its method.

Ricky Gervais, Philosopher

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 29, 2010
Ricky Gervais, Philosopher
Another philosopher makes good.

Is there a place for Environmentalism in Humanism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 21, 2010
Is there a place for Environmentalism in Humanism?
Do humanists only care about human values?

The Bible is No Place for Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 15, 2010
The Bible is No Place for Ethics
The real question is, How could a person be good with God?

A New Claim that Religion leads to More Happiness

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 7, 2010
A New Claim that Religion leads to More Happiness
Beware of studies claiming to show why religious people are happier.

How does Science defeat Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2010
How does Science defeat Religion?
Take care when demanding that belief follow the evidence.

Carl Sagan on the Invention of the Gods

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 23, 2010
Carl Sagan on the Invention of the Gods
"The gods are the dreams of men."

Atheist Charities

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 16, 2010
If you want to help out atheist charities, there are many to choose from.

The Case of Science vs. God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 9, 2010
The Case of Science vs. God
How far does atheism get by supposing that it is science's job to demolish God-belief?

Morality Without Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2010
Scientist Frans de Waal insists that humans must keep religion, though his own research shows otherwise.

Accommodate, or Confront: Atheists ponder their Options

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 26, 2010
Accommodate, or Confront: Atheists ponder their Options
Atheism is at a crossroads: how will it use its influence? Science needs the most effective help.

Science vs. Religion - What’s a Scientist To Do?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 19, 2010
On the question of who should be confronting Creationists in the Public Square

Are People saying “I’m Spiritual” to just appear Attractive?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 13, 2010
Are People saying “I’m Spiritual” to just appear Attractive?
Studies confirm how spirituality has a self-enhancement job of projecting inner confidence.

A Creator God cannot be a Reasonable Explanation

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 5, 2010
A Creator God cannot be a Reasonable Explanation
The universe’s explanation is going to be naturalistic, not supernaturalistic.

Of Reputations and Harsh Words

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 29, 2010
By pointing at a small sub-set of people and trying to defend the rest, a harsh label has gotten out of hand.

Atheist Pride in Understanding Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 28, 2010
Atheist Pride in Understanding Religion
Why suppose that there's no reasoning with religious believers, when atheists can know so much about religion?

God Fails a Simple Rationality Test

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2010
If a God wants us to believe, that God demands irrationality.

Attacking Fundamentalism is not the only Atheist Agenda

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 14, 2010
Why limit atheist criticism to just the fundamentalists?

The Science of Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 7, 2010
Science can help with morality, if ethics is willing to be scientific.

Are Brains Destined for Religion?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 25, 2010
Are Brains Destined for Religion?
Scientists are so impressed by natural explanations for religion that they make religion sound unavoidable.

When God Calls, Don’t Answer

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 18, 2010
When God Calls, Don’t Answer
Revelation might be tempting, but it is wiser to keep one's sanity.

Why Should I be Moral?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 10, 2010
Have you had some self-righteous religious believer throw this challenge at you?

Christopher Hitchens, accidental Atheist

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 4, 2010
The new memoir by Hitchens is hardly about atheism, but instead about its principled foundations.

Can Science eliminate Religious Faith?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 27, 2010
When science "explains" a feature of religion, does that successfully make religion irrational?

The Secular and the Sacred

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2010
The secular and the sacred stretch out towards a shared direction.

Could an Atheist convert to Christianity? Part 2.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 13, 2010
Could Christians expect that atheists would convert any more easily than people already of other faiths?

Understanding the Public is Easier than Understanding Science

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 6, 2010
If you want to be popular, tell the people what they already believe.

Could an Atheist convert to Christianity?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 30, 2010
Christians plead for conversions from atheists. But do Christians really think such conversions are possible?

Secularism and Humanist Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 21, 2010
If secular humanism has answers about morality, the precise aim must first be clear.

Religion creates Blasphemy, not Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 15, 2010
Atheism wastes everyone's time by worrying over how much blasphemy to commit.

Is Atheism as impotent as Stephen Prothero thinks?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 8, 2010
Atheism deserves some credit for reducing religious divisions.

An Atheist’s Guide to What You Need to Know about Theology

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2010
Theologians hate being ignored. Since their own flocks haven't a clue what they are talking about, they pester atheists.

What is Secularism? by Robert Green Ingersoll

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 1, 2010
Robert Green Ingersoll was one of America's greatest freethinkers.

Religious Certainty is a Dangerous Weapon

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 25, 2010
Psychological pathologies like certainty must not be defended or encouraged.

The Need for Naturalism in a Scientific Age

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 18, 2010
Is any philosophy really needed anymore, in this age of science?

Sam Harris vs. The Philosophers on Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 14, 2010
Sam Harris thinks that science can help with morality. Humanists should hope that he is right.

Science is not equivalent to Naturalism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 10, 2010
Science is not equivalent to Naturalism
Religions beg science to limit itself to nature. But science is more powerful than that.

Correcting stereotypes about Science and Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 4, 2010
There are differences between science and religion, but perhaps not where you have supposed

If Humanists overlook Evil, do they commit a Secular Sin?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 27, 2010
Humanists wonder if their worldview can have any role for "sin" or "evil"

Secularity and Secularism explained

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 20, 2010
A handy guide to varieties of the secular

Biology textbooks should stay out of Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 14, 2010
It is inappropriate for a biology text to directly address a damaging social trend that is hurting the teaching of science

The Naturalistic Approach to Morality

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 13, 2010
The Naturalistic Approach to Morality
Naturalism can explain how people acquire and change moralities

There is Objective Morality in Nature

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 6, 2010
Naturalism can accomodate objective morality, if you know where to look for it.

But who caused the Big Bang?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 31, 2010
But who caused the Big Bang?
The Big Bang can't reveal the hand of God.

Natural Brain vs. Supernatural God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 26, 2010
Natural Brain vs. Supernatural God
How could any evidence for God be found inside the brain?

The Origins of Morality really do Matter

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 23, 2010
If there is a replacement for traditional religious morality, we need a correct account of morality's origins.

Is Atheism the Party of No?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 20, 2010
Problems with the individualistic approach to the world

Religious Rights don’t extend to Murder

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 15, 2010
Freedom of religious expression stops where the right to life and liberty starts

Where can Science and Religion conflict?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2010
Where can Science and Religion conflict?
The "intelligent" design of religion could help avoid conflict with science

Why is there a Universe, and how did it come from Nothing?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 5, 2010
Why is there a Universe, and how did it come from Nothing?
Alan Guth and Lawrence Krauss explain the universe's origin from nothing and dispel religious arguments along the way

Will young adults gravitate more towards Humanism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 2, 2010
Young adults are more pluralistic and secular, a new Pew study finds

Secular Reason vs. the Sky King

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 23, 2010
Will secular society come crawling back to God eventually?

Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 16, 2010
Racism is linked to Religious dogmatism
A new analysis of religious attitudes shows how the devout are more prejudiced

Morality evolved first, long before Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 10, 2010
Morality evolved first, long before Religion
Religion is an artificial way of enforcing humanity's natural morality.

Religious freedom is self-contradictory?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 2, 2010
Religious freedom is self-contradictory?
Friends of religion apparently need another lesson about defending religious freedom.

Praise God for 150,000 dead in Haiti

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 25, 2010
Praise God for 150,000 dead in Haiti
It's time to give credit where credit is due.

Homeothapy skeptics plan mass overdose on useless pills

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 22, 2010
Homeothapy skeptics plan mass overdose on useless pills
A United Kingdom anti-homeothaphy group is staging a protest by swallowing huge doses of homeothapic "remedies".

Free Will is only Natural

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 19, 2010
Free Will is only Natural
Your common sense impression that you freely control your actions is quite natural, and often correct.

Atheism doesn’t kill people, Fanaticism kills people

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 12, 2010
Atheism doesn’t kill people, Fanaticism kills people
Trying to blame atheism for modern warfare is like trying to blame dieting for childhood obesity.

The Skepticism of Carl Sagan

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 5, 2010
The Skepticism of Carl Sagan
A new collection of Carl Sagan's writings in Skeptical Inquiry is available online.

More Americans leaving Christianity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 27, 2009
Gallup Poll finds that the number of non-Christians keeps growing.

The Long History of Naturalism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 22, 2009
Naturalism has been around as long as most religions still in existence today.

Religious Humanists and Secular Humanists

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 14, 2009
No, they are not all the same.

Skeptics getting skeptical towards Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 11, 2009
When skeptics get skeptical towards atheism, is there a rational way forward?

Christian humanism, religious humanism, and secular humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 8, 2009
These three kinds of humanism are facing their greatest challenge, and it is not from each other.

Mosques and minarets, churches and steeples

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 1, 2009
Mosques and minarets, churches and steeples
A shadow of fear has descended across the Continent, but the shadow is not from a minaret.

Goodness with or without God? Epstein’s surrender plan to religious faith.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 23, 2009
Does the future of humanism rest on a "don't ask, don't tell" policy about faith?

Transhumanism and the New Ethics

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 17, 2009
Transhumanism and the New Ethics
Bioengineering and nanotech will change ethics because it will change what it means to be human.

We’re gonna party like it’s 2011

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 10, 2009
We’re gonna party like it’s 2011
The world didn't end in 2000? No matter. There's still time to party.

Court decisions against crucifixes in Italy’s public schools

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
November 3, 2009
Court decisions against crucifixes in Italy’s public schools
Two court decisions have ruled that crucifixes in Italy's public schools violate human rights.

Science and Religion: The Greatest Show on Earth?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 27, 2009
Science and Religion: The Greatest Show on Earth?
Where exactly does Richard Dawkins stand on advocating evolution to religious people

Who is John Dewey?  Meet America’s greatest philosopher.

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 20, 2009
Who is John Dewey?  Meet America’s greatest philosopher.
Tuesday, October 20 marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Dewey.

Would the Whole Earth Catalog offer a Nuclear Power Plant?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 12, 2009
Founding environmentalist now favors nuclear power to save the planet.

Monkey See, Monkey Feel, Monkey Good?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
October 6, 2009
Monkey See, Monkey Feel, Monkey Good?
Our primate cousins are often very kind to each other. Is this evidence of compassion and even morality in the wild?

Why can’t Humanism supply the Ethics of Environmentalism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 29, 2009
Why can’t Humanism supply the Ethics of Environmentalism?
If humans are the problem, maybe humanism can't be the solution?

Does the Universe Revolve around You?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 21, 2009
Does the Universe Revolve around You?
Is life essential to the Universe? Stem-cell pioneer Robert Lanza makes biology the fundamental science.

Are There Any Religious Humanists Anymore?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
September 16, 2009
If there really aren't any religious humanists, then there's no point in talking about "secular" humanism.

Atheism Explained

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
August 3, 2009
Tired of opposed definitions of atheism? A diagnosis of what's going on, and how to explain atheism.

A Plea for Skepticism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 28, 2009
This fashionable nonsense about keeping an "open mind" must stop. An open mind knows when to stop believing.

Former President Jimmy Carter denounces the Southern Baptists again

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 20, 2009
Jimmy Carter explains why no religion can justify any inequality of women, with special condemnation for Christianity and Islam

Free Speech Watch: Gagging in Ireland but blaspheming in Canada

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 10, 2009
Ireland passes a bill criminalizing blasphemy. On the very same day, Canada affirms free speech.

Not Islam v. Christianity, but Islam v. Humanism in Britain

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 5, 2009
Bishop announces the Church of England is dying. The opposition to sharia law now rests with humanistic principles of democracy.

The Secular and Secularism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
July 2, 2009
Philosopher Charles Taylor describes the meanings of the term "secular" and then discusses the future of the Secular.

Senior progressive theologian urges UCC churches to save the Planet

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 25, 2009
John Cobb, Jr. is among the most liberal and progressive theologians alive -- can United Church of Christ respond?

Only child porn lovers want to fight internet censorship?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 22, 2009
It starts with child pornography. Who could protest against protecting children?

Science and religion are incompatible in two major ways

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 15, 2009
Of course science and faith conflict. Asking science to betray its method or conclusions simply disables science.

Barbarian Muslim women in strange clothing? I don’t think so, but…

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 13, 2009
Barbarian Muslim women in strange clothing? I don’t think so, but…
A faithful commentator on my blogs about the Muslim veil deserves a reply. Who is barbaric?

Another look at Secularism and Muslim non-conformity

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 10, 2009
Another look at Secularism and Muslim non-conformity
Secularism is designed to prevent religious tyranny. But in our zeal, let's not forget democratic tyranny either.

President Obama tells Europe to relax over the Muslim burqa

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
June 4, 2009
President Obama tells Europe to relax over the Muslim burqa
Presdent Obama disagrees with France's denial of citizenship to covered Muslim women. Can secularism go too far?

Humanism’s Destiny lies with Naturalism, not Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 29, 2009
Religions have no claims on humanism's ethics, since religion erodes value and responsibility in this life.

It’s no mystery how Nonbelievers stay moral without God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 24, 2009
To hear the religious, you'd suppose that atheists have no reason to be moral. But there's really no mystery here.

Free Speech Watch: Gagging in Britain

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 17, 2009
Europe is betraying the Enlightenment, trading intellectual liberty for a false peace.

Debating Gods: Christianity vs. Islam on the Divinity of Jesus

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
May 1, 2009
The Bible really doesn't claim that Jesus is divine, and relevant passages affirm only Jesus's humanity.

Debating Gods: Christianity vs. Islam on the One True God

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 24, 2009
Let's look closer at an academic debate over the One True God between a Christian and a Muslim. The Truth, anyone?

Are Atheists Just Immoral Fools?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 18, 2009
If it is not for lack of intelligence, then atheists get accused of lack of morals. How can atheists reply?

The “End of Philosophy” and the Start of Humanism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 9, 2009
The philosophy of humanism is only strengthened by evolutionary studies of morality.

Freedom of Speech and the Right to Criticise Religion

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
April 4, 2009
My right to criticise your religion outweighs your desire to not be offended.

The Humanist Life is the Aesthetic Life

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 30, 2009
Aesthetic appreciation is important for life. Does the humanist life essentially involve artistic expression?

Could Atheism Prove that God does not Exist?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 20, 2009
Maybe atheism should not take on a burden of proof that rightly belongs to the religious believer.

American Nonbelievers are now Third behind Catholics and Baptists

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 9, 2009
The just-released 2008 American Religious Identification Survey shows that nonbelievers make up 15% of the American population.

Obama ready to undo Bush medical conscience clause

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
March 2, 2009
Obama will reverse a Bush regulation letting health care workers avoid duties that they find religiously objectionable.

A Theologian’s Confused Response to New Atheism

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 23, 2009
Catholic theologian John F. Haught has some confused responses to the New Atheism that are nevertheless worth pondering.

How Does Humanism Find Moral Value

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 16, 2009
Humanists agree that we have ethical obligations to everyone, but how can we tell what has moral value?

How would Humanism guide Environmentalism?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
February 6, 2009
A careful definition of humanism is needed from the start.

Should Secular Humanists be Environmentalists?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 20, 2009
Are there ethical principles of secularism to help decide whether to be environmentalists?

Humanism and the Faith that Unites

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
January 2, 2009
Can humanism promote an active faith in ethical ideals, without falling into the religious divide of dogmatic faith?

One God or Many Universes?

Free Thinking (centerforinquiry.net)
December 17, 2008
Should atheists use the "multiverse" hypothesis to offer an alternative to supernaturalism?

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Center for Inquiry Launches Naturalism Research Project

Skeptical Inquirer Volume 31.2, March / April 2007

News & Comment

The Center for Inquiry/Transnational announces the Naturalism Research Project, a major new effort to develop the theoretical...

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